An item in yesterday's PERC SmartBrief misidentified the cause of propane leaks in Placer County, Calif. The leaks occurred when snow caused gas lines to pull away from tanks. SmartBrief regrets the error.
The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa is urging state lawmakers to expand a program that helps defray the cost of installing new underground fuel storage tanks. "A majority of these tanks are approaching or exceeding their useful life of 25 to 30 years, and therefore over time they will become susceptible to leaks and other environmental hazards," said Dawn Carlson, the group's president. The older tanks are also not compatible with ethanol blends higher than E10, Carlson said.
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power is storing radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in secondhand tanks, according to a source. "We don't guarantee the tanks for five years as a company, and they are not made to be completely leak-proof in the first place," said the source, who works with the company that supplied the tanks. The tanks, which are bolted at the seams, will be replaced with welded ones in September, TEPCO said.
Tokyo Electric Power will deploy 80 more workers to help manage radioactive water at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. The company has about 1,000 tanks at the site to hold contaminated water, but it is having a hard time preventing leaks from the tanks.
Tokyo Electric Power is preparing to transfer radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant's underground reservoirs to above-ground storage tanks. This comes after TEPCO discovered leaks in three of the pools. The utility said it expects to complete the transfer of the water in June.
Another underground storage tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is leaking radioactive water, Tokyo Electric Power said. The leak was discovered after workers began transferring contaminated water from a tank where an earlier seep was detected, the utility said. TEPCO is probing the leaks' cause.